OOPs I posted this question in an answer. Sorry about that. Anyway, I am allergic to tree nuts so found pure paleo hard to follow. I added peanuts and PB, but read about peanut mold so cut peanuts and PB out. I cut out grains and alcohol (I eat desserts when I drink - lose inhibition) am sleeping better, and my crossfit workouts are easier. Well, not easier, but at least I don't feel like I have to make an appt with a cardiologist after I finish anymore. I eat a cup of greek yogurt everyday and have been making Whey protein powder shakes. I also eat prunes everyday. Seems like it's working for me. Then I discovered PaNu and thought I'd try some heavy cream in my coffee. Love it.! The problem is my lipid panel does not look so good and I am really worried about how my high fat, low carb diet is going to further increase my total and LDL levels. My c-reactive protein level is normal and the overall profile says I am low risk. Normal TSH too. I am 52, 5ft 8in and 128 pounds. I am very active and have plenty of energy. I am post menopausal. Had a couple of tough years with night sweats, serious stress with kids leaving for college, going back to grad school. My life is balancing out now so am trying to tweak my diet to improve my cardiovascular risk. My plan is to keep eating meat, veggies, some fruit, a little dairy and some whey protein powder and get labs drawn in a month. Does anyone have any suggestions regarding what I am eating and if a month is long enough trial to have my blood drawn?
Cholesterol is reactive to inflammation. It may take more than a month for healing, then again maybe not. I'd replace the whey with grassfed, wild, free range animal meat and use coconut oil to cook, upping healthy saturated fat intake helps bloodwork. If not already taking omega 3 and strongly limiting omega 6, start immediately, and make sure vit D levels are adequate
Keep in mind higher total cholesterol is also linked to longer life in older women, post meno . I'd only worry about trigs. When you do get bloodwork again, have them determine the size of your LDLs fluffy vs dense
I'm working on repairing my lipid profile as well and have gathered a bit of data on influences. Feel free to wander over to my blog (http://www.whointheworldarewe.com/2010/05/24/cholesterol-influences-map-v0524/) and check out the map.
I'm having some success.
Red yeast rice is often touted as a natural alternative to the nasty statin class of meds, but red yeast rice works because it is a naturally-occuring statin, chemically identical to one of the synthetic statins -- but you can't patent a rice...
My doctor pushed statins, too, and after a couple of months, every variety caused severe muscle and joint pain ("myalgia") in my hips and pelvis, which may have done permanent damage.
When I finally pushed back and said "no more statins," my doc actually reassured me that the efficacy claims for statins are actually misleading. Yes, they may reduce the incidence of heart disease by 50%, but they only work on a couple of people out of 100, so one person gets a heart attack and one doesn't. The other 98? No impact either way. Obviously, the odds are that you're in the vast majority, for whom statins don't help anyway -- and are (for me) certainly not worth the risk.
My HDL went up and my LDL and Trigs went down after adopting a paleo diet with fats consisting of mainly coconut oil, and saturated fats. Not sure what my lipid panel will look like once I am postmenopausal. I guess only time will tell.
I'd have to do a little search to find the articles I've read regarding cholesterol and heart disease.
Hi Dan, Red Rice Yeast has take my LDL from 222 to 132 in just 4 months. Are there any studies that show that it truly has risk associated with it. Hasn't it been used in asian communities for thousands of years?
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